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San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. Terrain ranges from high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, with thousands of miles of back roads and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. These federal lands are managed for multiple uses and visitors are asked to respect each other and the natural resources. The Forest Supervisor's Office is located in the San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango, Colorado, with district offices in Bayfield, Dolores and Pagosa Springs.

Know Before You Go

Outdoor Safety

  • Check weather reports and road conditions before your trip
  • Always treat water found along the trail if you decide to drink it.
  • Remember: you can't count on cell phone coverage in remote areas!
  • Bring the ten essentials.
  • Colorado Avalanche Information Center  
  • Learn more about Mountain Safety.
  • Respect Wildlife: We share the outdoors with a variety of animals who make the forest their home. Remember, these are not pets. Keep a safe distance from them and be careful not to disturb their habitat. 

Fire Information


  • Please review the forest-wide as well as wilderness specific regulations before you visit
  • We encourage, To learn more about Leave No Trace ethics visit www.lnt.org



Native Cutthroat Trout Reintroduction Project: In late July, we stocked 1800 fingerling native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout into the East Fork of Hermosa Creek.  The Native Cutthroat Trout Reintroduction project has been going on for 30 years and is close to a successful finish.  Restoring this watershed and protecting the water and fish habitat in East Fork Hermosa Creek is important in maintaining a healthy population of native trout in this stream. The collaboration between San Juan National Forest and Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been essential to the success of this project.  Big thanks to CPW for a great day out at East Fork Hermosa!

For more informtation on water in the San Juan National Forest, visit our new Water Page


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